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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Welcome to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

  • Welcome to the TESOL

    Welcome to the Applied Linguistics (AL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The AL and TESOL program is interested in questions related to the nature of language as a biological, physical, or psychological phenomenon, as well as to questions concerning how language is used by native speakers and language learners as an interactional, social, or cultural phenomenon. The AL and TESOL program is also deeply concerned with how first and second languages are learned, taught, and assessed in a wide range of real-world or laboratory contexts.


  • Program Announcements

    March 19, 2015

    Brown Bag Lecture (Spring 2015) 

    Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics invites you to our Brown Bag Lecture this semester. Please bring a lunch -- we'll bring the brownies and cookies!

    Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Venue: 138 Horace Mann

    Speaker: Dr. Hoa Nguyen (Lecturer, AL & TESOL Program, Teachers College)


    Formulaic Sequences at Your Beck and Call: The Idiom Principle and Second Language Instruction

    In her presentation, Dr. Hoa Nguyen will give a workshop on how to incorporate and facilitate instruction on L2 formulaic sequences. The workshop will review research and go over hands-on activities for current and future language teachers. 

    The event is free and open to the public!

    March 11, 2015

    Call for Proposals: The TESOL/AL Spring Roundtable Research Forum
    The TESOL/AL Roundtable will be holding its second research forum of the year on Friday, April 10th at 4:00 pm. The presentations should be approximately 20 minutes including a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity for those of you who wish to share your literature reviews, teaching demos, or empirical studies in an inviting space among your peers. Dr. Andrea Tyler, the keynote speaker from Georgetown University, will also be sharing a presentation about the semantics of phrasal verbs. The results of her pilot study have not yet appeared anywhere, so this is an exciting opportunity to hear about recent advances in the field of cognitive linguistics. Dr. Tyler will present first at 4pm, followed by a short break and student presentations.

    If you're interested in presenting, please submit the topic and abstract of your presentation as well as an estimate of your presentation length to by Wednesday, March 25th.

    If you're interested in volunteering, please send us an email at

    For additional information about our student organization as well as this event, please see the attachment and visit our Facebook group and website at the links below:

    Call for Proposals: Bilingual/Bicultural & Applied Linguistics/TESOL Joint Student Symposium

    All proposals must be submitted to by 5:00pm EST, March 23, 2015.

    Types of Proposals

    You may submit proposals for papers or panels related to the theme: Language Instruction & Learning: Field Applications. Papers about policy, original research, teacher development, and other topics dealing with pedagogy and research in the field of Bilingual/Bicultural Education or Applied Linguistics and TESOL will be considered.

    Adjudication of Proposals

    Submitted proposals will be refereed by master's degree students at the host university, Teachers College, Columbia University

    Proposal Requirements (One-Page Maximum)

    First and Last Name

    Institution and Field of Study

    Project Title

    Include: 50-word abstract, research questions, data collected, analytical methods and findings, and significance to the conference theme.

    Facebook link for more information:

    Eventbrite link:

    March 5, 2015

    NYS TESOL's Applied Linguistics Winter Conference is Saturday, March 7!
    The 36th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (ALWC) is this Saturday!

    Come learn from Plenary Speaker Dr. Santoi Wagner and more than 40 of your colleagues at the 36th Annual Applied Linguistics Winter Conference! 

    Dr. Wagner will be speaking on Integrating Theory and Practice through Service-Learning in TESOL.

    Dr. Santoi Wagner
    University of Pennsylvania
    Applied Linguistics Winter Conference 2015
    Saturday, March 7th at Teacher's College in Manhattan.
    525 West 120th Street

    * On-site Registration and Breakfast opens at 8AM
    * Credit cards and cash accepted. No checks

    For schedule and more information:

    On-site Registration Prices:
    NYS TESOL Members (Student)    $35
    NYS TESOL Members (Individual) $50

    Non-Member (Full-Time Student)   $40
    Non-Member (Part-Time Student)  $45
    Non-Member (Individual)                $60

    Transit / Transportation Information
    NYC subway and links to AirTrain, Amtrak, PATH, LIRR:

    Please join us on Saturday!  We look forward to seeing you there.

    The 2015 ALWC Committee